Messy Motherhood

Being a mother is messy.  It’s a journey that requires God’s grace to carry a woman through its unpredictable paths. As I recognize the invaluable role of mothers in our world, I do not want to do so without acknowledging that days like Mother’s Day evoke different feelings for each of us. For some us the topic of motherhood brings back memories of love and security. Yet for others it causes wounds to reopen and emotions of abandonment and neglect to surface.  For some, the pursuit of motherhood has only resulted in shattered dreams. Motherhood is messy and is not always what we expected it to be.

Perhaps one of the most difficult feelings that a mom experiences along the journey of motherhood is the feeling of condemnation. The feeling that they don’t measure up. In Genesis 16, we are introduced to Hagar, a maidservant who is rejected by her husband Abram as she enters motherhood to ease the pain of her master’s barrenness (v.1-2). The child she is ordered to bear on Abram and Sarah’s behalf only ends up leaving her condemned and rejected by those closest to her.  Yet it is in the messiness and brokenness of the moment that God breaks through and reveals Himself as the God who sees and celebrates Hagar (v.7-8).

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” she said. “I have now seen the One who sees me… (v.13)

In God’s presence, the voices of condemnation were extinguished and Hagar experienced intimate communion with God. She was fully known and fully accepted by her Creator.

Today, mom, no matter how messy your motherhood has been or will be, Jesus has removed condemnation from the equation once and for all through His finished work upon the cross.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)

Through Christ’s finished work, the yoke of condemnation has been broken and all who come to Him are seen and celebrated as children of the King. In Christ, you are seen and celebrated by God 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is not based upon your performance or failure to perform, but on Christ’s finished work at Calvary.  No matter how messy motherhood is for you today, no matter your back story or the struggles of this present moment, God sees and celebrates you! You are fully loved and fully accepted by God just as you are. No more striving. No more straining. Take a step back and receive God’s grace.  Let these words wash over you, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Pastor Pete

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Living in New Life

One Day at a Time
When I reached the end of myself and began my journey toward wholeness and healing, one of the most powerful, life transforming pieces of wisdom that I received was “One Day at a Time” and the spin off one moment at time.  You see, I was facing a life-threatening sin addiction that was leading me to the grave.  As I began to face the reality of my addiction (sin) people around me instructed me, Peter “One Day at a Time”.  For me when I would think of a life time without a drink or a drug it was overwhelming. Over time I learned that a life time of recovery was accomplished by staying clean and sober “One day at a Time” – one moment at a time.

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:24)

The Christian life, the NEW LIFE that we have in Christ, is lived “One Day at a Time”, one moment at a time.  God promises to give us what we need when we need it for every moment of every day. When we begin to become anxious about the past or the future, Jesus instructs us to break it all down into bite size pieces and promises to give us everything we need in every moment to thrive in this life and be ushered into eternity.

Take a deep breath and rest in the promise of God, “your strength will equal your days.” (Deuteronomy 33:25)

Pastor Peter

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We live the NEW LIFE, One Day at a Time, One Moment at a Time!

 

Living in the New Life

“God Quenches Our Thirst”
(Exodus 15:22-27)

Every day we are faced with deep inner thirsts, the thirst for unconditional love and intimacy, the thirst for significance, the thirst for security. Every day we choose to quench these thirsts in a multitude of ways. Often we choose to drink from the cups of this world which seem to satisfy for a moment but leave us wanting and often with a deeper sense of emptiness. Because we are trying to fill a need with something that does not have the capacity to fully satisfy it. There is only one thing that can satisfy the deep inner needs of the human heart, JESUS!

“… whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13)

In Exodus Chapter 15, the people of God are standing on the other side of the Red Sea where God defeated all their enemies and gave them new identities. Their OLD LIFE was swallowed up and now they were taking the first steps into their NEW LIFE.  Moses leads the people from their place of triumph into the unknown and wonder of their NEW LIFE. They traveled for three days without finding water and became THIRSTY!  Immediately they found themselves in need. Their lives were quickly in the balance and they had no way to resolve the issue.  They were vulnerable. THIRSTY! They came upon Marah but could not drink its water because it was bitter.  The crisis begins to escalate. The people begin to grumble against Moses and cry out, “What are we to drink”. Without hesitation Moses takes his needs and the needs of the people straight to throne of Grace, straight to God. No slick strategies, no trying in his own strength, just raw dependence upon God. This is first and one of the most important fundamentals of Living in NEW LIFE. God quenches our thirst through dependence upon Him. No matter the need, the THIRST whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual God instructs us out of His great love to run to him with it. Bring it before Him and ask Him for help. He invites us to bring every need in every season to Him first. No matter how big or how small, God quenches our thirst.

As the people of Israel depended on God and trusted Him at His word “they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water” (Exodus 15:27). God deeply satisfied their inner thirst.

“… whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13)
Take moment and bring your deep inner thirst to Jesus the ONE who quenches the deep thirst of the human heart.
Pastor Peter
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